If I drink half of a bottle of water, there's half of a bottle of water and there's not half of a bottle of water. However, why is the negative sentence not usually used? Is it a wrong sentence?

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    Your question is unclear. Are you asking about parts of speech, people's behavior, or what? Jan 27 at 3:33
  • @FeliniusRex help me... Jan 27 at 8:46
  • There's not half of a bottle is not an idiomatic phrase. We say the bottle is half full or half-empty. hrmexplorer.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/… Jan 27 at 9:22
  • Ok, you completely changed it. Thanks -- that helps some. I agree with @KateBunting - Nobody says "There's not half a bottle..." The reason is because that gets the concept wrong. The bottle is always there. The amount of fluid is what changes. Another way to think about it -- why is that important? If you have a bottle of something, how much is left, and the bottle are the things you have -- not some abstract not half a bottle. Jan 27 at 13:41

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